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The '''East India Company''' ('''EIC'''), more properly called the '''Honourable East India Company''' ('''HEIC'''), was an English joint-stock company,The Dutch East India Company was the first to issue public stock. formed to pursue trade with the East Indies, but which ended up trading mainly with the Indian subcontinent and Qing Dynasty|Qing China. Originally chartered as the "Governor and Company of Merchants of London trading into the East Indies", the company rose to account for half of the world's trade, particularly trade in basic commodities that included cotton, silk, indigo dye, salt, Potassium nitrate|saltpetre, tea and opium. The company also ruled the beginnings of the British Empire in India. The company received a Royal Charter from Elizabeth I of England|Queen Elizabeth on 31December...
LogoFile:Flag of the British East India Company (1801).svg|225px
TypeJoint-stock company|Public
Genre| fate = Dissolved
Predecessor| successor =
Foundation31 December 1600
Founder| defunct = {{End date|df=yes|1874|6|1}}
Location cityLondon
Location countryEngland
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